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Ex-Lecturer at NUS accused of attempted murder

Apia, SAMOA — The man who proposed to set up Samoa’s third university has had his plans seriously derailed.

Instead of running the “The Oceania A+ Educational solution University (O.A.E.S.U)” which he planned at Poutasi Falealili, Christopher Gounder, has found himself in Police custody at Tafa’igata.

Accused of attempting to murder his wife, the former Lecturer at the National University of Samoa has been locked up since April.

This week, Gounder appeared before Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Darryl Clarke, where he applied for bail.

He was represented by lawyer, Tuisa Tasi Patea.

The Supreme Court heard from Tuisa that the alleged victim has been visiting her husband in jail and they have seven children. 

He argued that the defendant was not a risk.

But the Prosecution objected to the application, noting the seriousness of the charge. 

Justice Leiataualesa then ordered Tuisa to file and serve a bail application by 12.30pm on 24 May 2018, with hearing scheduled on 31 May 2018.

Furthermore, the Prosecution was ordered to file and serve its response to the bail application two days before the hearing. 

In the meantime, Gounder remains in the custody of Police at Tafaigata.

Read more at Samoa Observer